EVELETH, Minn. (AP) — The Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board has voted to lend $4 million to PolyMet Mining Corp., which plans to develop a copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota.
The Mesabi Daily News reports the money will come from the Douglas J. Johnson Economic Protection Trust Fund and won’t be affected by a proposal to take $60 million from the fund to balance the state budget.READ MORE: Derek Chauvin Trial, April 13: Will The Former Minneapolis Police Officer Testify?
The development agency approved a similar loan to PolyMet last December, but environmental groups sued to block it. They dropped the lawsuit last month after Gov. Mark Dayton signed legislation to streamline the environmental permitting process, which clarified the board’s authority to make the loan.READ MORE: Pope Francis Asks For, Accepts MN Bishop Michael Hoeppner’s Resignation Following Sex Abuse Investigation
The project still needs approval from other state agencies to proceed.MORE NEWS: 40 Arrested In The Twin Cities After 2nd Night Of Daunte Wright Protests
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